Monday, October 24, 2016

gift giving

One thing I have done to make gift giving easier is to have a set thing to give to people on certain occasions.  Gift giving for can be simplified by making part of the choice ahead of time.  For baby showers, I almost always give some handmade bibs and a children's board books.  For wedding showers, I make some potholders to give along with some custard cups with lids.  The gifts can be personalized for the recipient, but much of the decision is done long before the need for the gift. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016


I planted two gardens this year, one at my dad's and the other at the community garden plot.  Each year, I have tried to find one or two things that I have never grown before to experiment with.  This year I chose kale because it is healthy and spaghetti squash at the suggestion of a friend.  Both did well, but I now know that I do not need to plant the entire package of kale seeds.  The biggest surprise is that I actually like spaghetti squash.  I had never planted winter squash of any kind as I do not eat it.  Spaghetti squash proved to be different.  This week I ate it for the first time.  The squash was tasty-I ate it with spaghetti sauce.  It is now on my list of things to plant each year. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

M is for Minnesota

M is for Minnesota is a good picture book to share with your children or grandchildren regardless of age.  There is a photograph for each letter and it shows the diversity of things or places that make Minnesota the state that it is. B is for Boundary Waters, F is for farming, H is for hockey, and M is for Minneapolis.  There are many alphabet books about Minnesota, but this one is my favorite because of the photos and the wide range of ages that would enjoy it.   

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Museum Day Live

Museum Day Live is next Saturday, September 24.  Sponsored by the Smithsonian, you can get two free admission tickets to a participating museum.  A few years ago, my Dad and brother took advantage of the promotion to go to the Mille Lacs Indian Museum in Onamia. I had not been there since I was in grade school, so it was worth going again.  This year I am looking at the options of museums to decide where I want to visit.  If you are interested in finding out which museums are participating near you, click here to go to the website.  You can then put in your state or zip code to see what your choices are.   

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

disappearing four patch quilt

My first completed quilt of the year.  Finishing the quilt was one of my summer goals, so I pulled it out last week and got the binding done on Sunday.    The warm colors contrasted with white ended up to be a winning combination.  I haven't been quilting much in the last couple of years, so this one is a keeper to add to my personal collection.  It should get some use this fall and winter.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

School's First Day of School

School's First Day of School written by Adam Rex and illustrated by Christian Robinson is a book just in time for the start of school.  This book tells about the first day of school from a school's perspective.  School has never had students in him before, so when the students arrive, he experiences all sorts of new things including shy students, lunch, and a fire drill.  This is a good story to share with all ages of children who are going back to school, although it does not replace my favorite book for this season, First Day Jitters